Good morning my darlings. It is once again time for reckoning. That’s right. Time to step on the scale and see if the week’s efforts have translated into weight lost. This week it seems it has.
Which makes all of the sweat worth it.
Although I believe I am going to start sweating more in the gym than on the walking trail At least for the next few months. I took way too much sun this week and it is just not good for my skin. we’ve reached the point in the summer where outside for long stretches is just not a great idea. Especially since I am still working in the garden as well. While summer veg is slow to come in, the time has now arrived for preparing for the fall plantings. Most of these are things that will be harvested after we have a bit of cold to hit the plants. Brussels Sprouts, rutabagas, that sort of thing. And even though the tomatoes are still green for the most part, it is time to prepare the autumn planting beds.
So my time outside will be spent more in the garden than the walking trail. At least until the heat breaks. So I suppose I’ll just be observing a different sort of wild life for a bit. Gymicous Humanicus.
I am pleased with my meal plans as they stand. Now that I am back on solid foods. I am still eating my Smoothies from Smoothie Box but they are no longer replacing 90% of my meals. This morning I went with the Berry Smoothie. It has Blueberries, strawberries and beets in it. Don’t let the beets scare you though. It gives a bit of earthiness to the mix and keeps it from being desert level sweet. They have a deal going for 10% off your first box with code SAS10 if you are interested in giving them a try.
And as much as I love them I am very happy to have my jaw healed enough to return to solid food. Oddly enough Salads are still hit or miss because of all of the chewing. But at this time of year we also eat fish at least once a week. Tonight I’m making salmon with a spicy maple glaze and serving it with fresh peas and couscous. The salmon is sustainable fish from Vital Choice (a great source if you don’t have a good fishmonger near you, personally my grocery store fish counter always smells a little too fishy for me to trust. Oh and at the moment Vital choice has their limited Edition Grill box out. They always sell out really fast. I t is a fantastic deal on a great quality product.). For the spicy maple I take some maple and put it in a jar with some chili flakes so that it sort of infuses a bit and so that the chili flakes are a bit saturated with the maple. That way they have a coating and caramelize with the maple instead of turning into dry little bits.
I am especially proud of the peas. Because of the cold spring, we just harvested the last of our spring peas. I have an absolute weakness for fresh peas. And this is the last of the year. I’ll add a little fish stock and a few bits of preserved lemon to the couscous, but it is mostly about the peas and salmon tonight.
My babydoll likes a big hunk of meat as a special friday treat but I’ve recently realized that as long as he has a large block of something meaty I can substitute fish for a few of the meals and he is okay with that. It keeps Friday feeling special without needing beef. Don’t get me wrong, I love beef, but in the summer time I tend to find it less desirable than I do in the winter. My food cravings tend to be very seasonal. In the autumn I will start craving mushrooms. In the winter I will want beef, in the spring I will gorge on asparagus all season long and in the summer I want light crisp salads and fish. Lots of fish.
I’m sure it is some ancestral throw back, but at least my babydoll is on board. It has taken time though. For years he believed that if there wasn’t beef at dinner it didn’t count as a meal. Now we have three vegetarian nights a week.
But I suppose that is the long way round to say that my diet and exercise were going the way I intended this week. I was just distracted by dinner plans.
To the Stats!
Starting weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s weight: 222.6 lbs
This week’s weight: 221.2 lbs
Lost this week: 1.4 lbs
Lost thus far: 24.8 lbs
So slowly but surely we creep back towards a healthy zone. While I have no plans to ever get into a bikini, I do want my weight to be in a healthier range, for my joints and heart if nothing else. I would also like to be able to have a wider selection of clothing to choose from. There are some clothes I adore that simply aren’t produced in my current size. I know, that part is shallow, but we all have at least one shallow side. And it is a distant third reason well behind the heart and joints, so I don’t feel too bad about it.
but for now i must leave you and get on with my day. I hope your Friday shapes up to be absolutely fantastic.